A grand master of world cinema, Lav Diaz is an inspiration for many independent filmmakers not only in Southeast Asia, but through out the world.
Especially known for making very long films - in fact, he holds records for a few of the longest narrative films ever made - he established a special sense of time in his cinema. Sometimes he refers to it as his ‘Malay aesthetic’. Often, Lav Diaz refers himself as a Malay filmmaker.
When asked for a portrait photo, he just said, "Kindly pick my most embarrassing image from internet."
We tried very hard, and it’s impossible. We only found this embarrassingly good-looking portrait by Jake Verzosa, and another uncredited photo.
Please meet our head of Jury, Lav Diaz!
An actor, screenwriter, director and producer, Bront Palarae was born in Alor Star, Malaysia but he is a Southeast Asian actor / filmmaker.
He is of Malay, Punjabi-Pakistani and Thai ancestry. In Amir Muhammad's 2007 Apa Khabar Orang Kampung (Village People Radio Show), Bront was the voice of the Thai radio soap opera actor.
In 2017, Bront acted in Pengabdi Setan (Satan's Slave), a remake of the classic Indonesian horror film, which was his second collaboration with Joko Anwar after HBO Asia's Halfworlds series. Pengabdi Setan became the highest-grossing film in Indonesia for 2017.
Palarae is also working on a film called The Lies I Tell, which is to be his directorial debut.
One of the best thing to have happened in Southeast Asian film history is this:
in 2001, Lee Chatametikool moved from New York back to Bangkok to work on Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first narrative feature film, Blissfully Yours. He was not the editor at first; he was the sound man on set. After shooting, he also helped put the rushes together, and eventually got involved in the editing process, and then became the editor of all of Apitchapong's films after that.
Although mostly known as Apitchapong's editor, Lee has since worked alongside a new crop of young filmmakers in Thailand, editing the debut features for many up and coming directors, including the commercially-successful Shutter.
In 2007, he won the Best Editor award for Syndromes and a Century at the inaugural Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. The Bangkok Film Critic’s Assembly awarded him for his work on Wonderful Town in 2008.
In 2010, he won Best Editor for the second time from the Asian Film Awards for his work on Malaysian director Chris Chong's Karaoke.
Lee is the most sought-after editor in Southeast Asia. To date, he has 48 films credits under his name, including Apprentice, Pop Aye, Malila: The Farewell Flower, Manta Ray, and Thailand 10 Years.